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IOM Workshop Calls for Greater Research Focus on Environmental Causes of Autism
Date:10/29/2007

introductory remarks, Dr. William Raub, Science Advisory to HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt, expressed his hopes that the workshop would "prove to be an important milestone in autism research." He stated: "The planning committee recognized that vaccine constituents, especially organic chemicals used as preservatives or adjuvants, obviously qualify as environmental agents that warrant attention. . . . . Other aspects of the autism challenge deserve similar attention, especially the paucity of effective treatments."

Autism experts identified a broad range of research priorities, including: biomarkers for diagnosis and treatment of differing subtypes of autism; rigorous analysis of effective treatments; a comparison of the health outcomes of vaccinated vs. unvaccinated children, immune system and anti-viral therapies, and the need for more effective chelators. See the report appendix for the full list.

Dr. Alan Leshner, publisher of Science and moderator of the workshop, noted the importance of redirecting the research agenda: "I think this has been spectacular and I hope I am right. I would repeat the comment I made fairly glibly before, that is, this is a very important start, and if we don't do something, then shame on us."

Download the workshop report at http://www.iom.edu/AutismProceedings

For more information, visit http://www.safeminds.org and http://www.nationalautism.org

Contacts:

Rita Shreffler 401-632-6452

Lyn Redwood 404-932-1786


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